Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are back at work on a new state budget.
The talks resumed Wednesday after the conferees made little progress Tuesday. They're trying to resolve differences between the two chambers on the $14 billion spending plan for the budget year that starts July 1.
The lead House negotiator, Republican Marc Rhoades of Newton, says one critical issue is the Senate's willingness to consider a compromise on tax cuts that would leave more money in the state's reserves.
Lawmakers have already sent Gov. Sam Brownback a bill reducing sales and income taxes. But those cuts will reduce revenue collections, and Rhoades says House negotiators want to limit spending to keep the state solvent.